Proverbs 26:12-16 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Sometimes we get to the point that we aren’t teachable. We get to where we will not learn or at least we think that we do not need to learn. God would send teachers and guides our way but we are too caught up in ourselves to learn.
This literally makes us a fool. We become too smart for our own good. Then look what happens in the proverbs. We begin to make excuses for why things do not work. We claim that there is a lion in the street. That is a ridiculous excuse but then when you become an excuse maker that is what others think when they hear yours.
He could have gotten up, gone out, killed the lion and gotten rich or at least made a new lion skin coat for his wife if he weren’t a complainer, whiner and excuse maker.
The truth is that he was in the bed tossing and turning, having a hard time getting up. He was so lazy that he couldnâ€™t get his hand out of his pocket and to his mouth even for his own good.
Now do you notice, he is unteachable. He knows and no one, no matter how wise, can give him an answer that will satisfy him. He would rather believe that there are lions in the street, stay in his bed, keep his hand warm and be too smart as listen and learn.
I hope that isn’t your story. I hope you have not become too smart for your own good!